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Documentary "16 Acres" (The rebuilding of Ground Zero)

The rebuilding of Ground Zero is one of the most architecturally, politically, and emotionally complex urban renewal projects in American history. From the beginning, the effort has been fraught with controversy, delays, and politics. The struggle has encompassed twelve years, nineteen government agencies, and over $20 billion dollars. Aside from the staggering engineering challenges of the site itself, a major complicating factor in the rebuilding of the World Trade Center is the sheer number of interested parties. Some view it as lucrative real estate, others a graveyard. Where some see another Rocefeller Center, others see Gettysburg.

 The documentary "16 Acres" directed by Richard Hankin is a 90 minute film exploring the issues of rebuilding on the Ground Zero site. The cost to attend is $12. If you come early, you may also tour the museum. For the museum's last film, there were discount offers on Yelp. The movie is shown on a patio area, so come prepared for the evening chill. Parking is free at the museum. There will be a gourmet hamburger truck available starting at 6:30 PM.

If you woul like to meet for dinner and socialize before the event, I will be at Wahoo's Fish Tacos in Fashion Island at 6:30 PM. The restaurant is located in the lower Atrium Court across from Barnes and Noble. It is a short drive over to the OC Art Museum.



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  • Jonna R.

    Wow, the political bungling and money wasted were astounding. Very informative. Thank you to all of my delightful participants! Jonna

    October 10, 2013

  • Wendy

    Excellent comments by both Shirley and Bill!

    1 · October 4, 2013

  • Shirley

    A great documentary - the result, after years of political and monetary disagreement, is a peaceful and perfect memorial to all those we lost.

    1 · October 4, 2013

  • Bill B.

    Well done...I did not know how much political and vested interest infighting went on during the process of creating the memorial.

    1 · October 4, 2013

  • Wendy

    Oustanding! I've been wondering what's really behind why it's been taking so long. It was fascinating to hear the the insider stories.

    1 · October 3, 2013

  • Michele

    Sorry Jonna I can't make it; I'm having a family emergency.

    October 3, 2013

  • Lou L.

    Work is calling so I will be missing this one. Have fun all!

    October 3, 2013

  • Jane R.

    Change in plans. Sorry I can't make it tomorrow.

    October 2, 2013

  • Jane R.

    I'll see you at Wahoo's.

    September 29, 2013

  • Ellen

    Hi all. Wahoo's is great. Forget about Yardhouse. I must not have read your entire post, so I missed the part about Wahoo's. See you there!

    September 27, 2013

  • Ellen

    Would anyone like to go to dinner before this around 6pm? Maybe Yard House in Fashion Island?

    September 25, 2013

    • Jonna R.

      Hi Ellen, It is definitely not as classy, but I have some people already signed up for Wahoo's Fish Tacos. If others would like to join Ellen at 6 PM at the Yard House, let her know..........Jonna

      September 26, 2013

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